As many of you will be aware, my two main passions on Twitter are public speaking and training. I also love sport, not the taking part as I am far too old, and now just enjoy going to the gym to try and keep those pounds off and keep the stress levels under control.
I have wanted to combine my love of speaking, training, Twitter and sport for some time and now I am really chuffed that finally I am doing something. Around 3months ago when we launched my sports & media agency – 2MSquared.biz with my good buddy Mike Rebello- aka @Mike_Rebello we decided that as a business we wanted to have our very own projects. Yes, we enjoyed working with others, in fact we have some amazing clients, but we also wanted our own things to do as well.
Mike knew I had a love of Twitter and wanted to do something around Sport. He then introduced me to Perkins Slade Insurance Co aka @PerkinsSlade They wanted to do an event for their existing clients. and amazingly part of their business is providing insurance services to a ton of UK National Sporting Governing Bodies. They loved the idea of having a dedicated Twitter and sport event aimed at their members. We also loved the idea.
#Sport140 was born. The event which I believe is the 1st dedicated free Twitter and sport event in the UK will be on Tues 14th October and will be held at Northampton Rugby Club. The audience will be in the main senior people from those National Governing bodies as well as other sporting clubs, sporting organisations, sporting companies. and sports journalists. We are hoping to have well over 150+ in attendance for that half day event.
The speakers on the day, will be myself talking on why every National sporting governing body in the UK should be utilising Twitter, the pitfalls, what they can tweet about, and all the benefits they can get from using Twitter. Also why every sports person should be using Twitter and again highlighting the benefits to them, the issues and pitfalls. All done in my fun, interactive, humorous and story telling style.
I have also managed to secure the services of John Cooper QC. aka @john_Cooper_qc John is without doubt one of the UK’s leading barristers. John has massively adopted Twitter, and has dealt with some major legal cases surrounding Twitter. John acted for Paul Chambers on the Twitter bomb hoax trial. John will be speaking on the libellous nature of Twitter and how to avoid those issues.
We will also have several other speakers who will be announced very shortly..
My main reason for doing this event is that I am usually the guy on the other end of the phone being interviewed on why that sports person cocked up or what they did wrong. I wanted to help young and up and coming sports people to understand Twitter, what it can do for them, why they should be using Twitter and how to avoid many of the issues. It seemed a logical start to do an event for the National Sporting Governing bodies who represent all these sports people.